Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:35
If you have a cavity, rural Nebraska isn’t the place to be.
More than half of the 93 counties in Nebraska don’t have enough dentists, according to a report from the Center for Health Policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The report indicates that 20 counties don’t have a single dentist and 31 more counties only have one or two dentists. The future looks even bleaker, with 39 percent of dentists in the state approaching retirement.
To reverse this problem, it’s essential for the state to find ways to create incentives for dentists to open a practice in one of the underserved areas.
The state currently has programs that provide dental students with $20,000 to work in underserved areas but that is well below the going rate for such things.